Vestergaard omitted again as Hjobjerg and Bednarek receive Euro 2020 call-ups

Defender Jannik Vestergaard believes Southampton’s tough start to the Premier League season means their points return is “acceptable”.

Pierre Emil-Hojbjerg has been called up for Denmark’s Euro 2020 qualifiers, but Jannik Vestergaard misses out and Jan Bednarek is in Poland’s squad.

Denmark coach Age Hareide named his 23-man party for next month’s qualifying double header against Switzerland and Luxembourg and there was mixed news again for the Southampton duo.

Vestergaard has started in all seven of Saints’ Premier League matches this term, although he was fortunate to maintain his ever-preset record on Saturday after being drafted in as a late replacement for Cedric Soares.

The Portuguese defender was named to start at right-back but was unable to warm-up so manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was forced to reshuffle, switching from a back four to a three-man defensive system before kick-off.

Vestergaard did not have his best game and, having not featured for Denmark at all in 2019, appears to have fallen down the pecking order for his national team.

A regular for his country in 2016, the 27-year-old has won only four caps in the last two and a half years and may already be on the international scrapheap.

Hjobjerg has been involved with the national set-up more recently, earning his 26th cap in a 0-0 Euro 2020 draw against Georgia in Tbilisi earlier this month.

So his inclusion will be no surprise, given he has been playing well for his country and scored a vital goal in a 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland only this summer.

Bednarek continues to be counted on by Poland coach Jerzy Brzęczek.

The 23-year-old, who has 17 caps to date, has been called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Latvia and North Macedonia on 10 and 13 October.

Poland are top of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group G and the Southampton centre-back has started in five of their six matches so far, turning in some very assured displays against Austria and Slovenia recently.